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BELLOWS FALLS

First Baptist Church

This Sunday marks an informal return to Sunday services inside First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls at 9 Church St. It coincides with the Pentecost. The congregation has never met together as a church body observing social distancing and wearing masks before. It will be a new experience. Perhaps it is very appropriate to gather together, celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of the Lord. Certainly we can feel a dramatic change in our lives. On Sunday, congregants will consider the multitude of positive facets of that change. The name of the sermon is "A Gift from God."

The Sunday Service begins at 10 a.m. Services will also continue online for those who opt to stay at home. Join in at https://sites.google.com/view/fbcbellowsfalls/home-page-announcements

For more information, contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 802-275-8879. Offerings and donations can be mailed to 9 Church Street, Bellows Falls, VT.

BRATTLEBORO

Centre Congregational Church

Join in this Sunday for the first Union Service of the summer season. The service will be sponsored by Guilford Community Church this month and is being broadcasted on Zoom. Contact Lise Sparrow at Guilford Church or Scott Couper at Centre Church for the Zoom address.

Centre Congregational Church, located at 193 Main St., continues to support those in need through take out meals at Groundworks and Foodworks. Contact the church at 802-254-4730 and/or our Administrative Assistant Bruce Landenberger and pastor Rev. Scott Couper at admin@centrechurchvt.org.

First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church at 18 Town Crier Drive has canceled worship services due to the Coronavirus. Also cancelled are the Thursday evening Bible Studies.

For Thought and Prayer: (excerpt from "I Hear God's Whisper ") "Do not be afraid to follow me into the unknown, for I am the One who leads you and restores your life. I have placed my glorious treasure within you, for I created you. This year will be a year of restoration in your life. You will be restored in my love and strengthened by my Grace. I will restore you. Never limit me. I will restore your family and those you love. All will know that I am the One who gives back what has been lost. Don't doubt that my Grace is enough. Crooked things will be made straight within you, healing your spirit and soothing your soul. I will restore your dreams. I will fulfill those desires within you and bring them to completion. You will touch the lives of others with my love and compassion. In the whispers of the night, I will watch over you. You will see that my ways are perfect and my love complete." Let us pray: Father, thank you for the gift of faith - faith in healing from illness, faith in your power when my strength is gone, and faith that I can face whatever life brings, for you are my Anchor and Shield. Amen.

Worship services have been taped and can be viewed on BCTV. Channel 8 has been changed to 1075 and channel 10 is now 1085. Pastor Sue is writing a weekly column entitled, "Words of Encouragement." Contact pastorsue412@gmail.com or call 802-254-9566.

St. Michael's Episcopal Church

St. Michael's Episcopal Church continues to offer services each day on Zoom. The church has 8 and 10:15 a.m. services on Sundays.

The church just started the Adult Forum again, from 9 to 10 a.m. on Sundays. Morning Prayer is offered weekdays at 8 a.m. and Evening Prayer each day at 5 p.m. Wednesday with the saints, each Wednesday from noon to 12:30 p.m. The Thursday evening Contemplative Service is now being offered from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

For Zoom links and more information, visit www.stmichaelsvermont.org.

Trinity Lutheran

Worship service at Trinity Lutheran Church, 161 Western Ave., is on YouTube starting at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday and then remaining on YouTube all day and week. Trinity serves the community through feeding the homeless and offering worship when open, care to the Holton Home. The church has several outreach ministries.

Contact Pastor Randall Wilburn at 413-687-5568 or rkeithw42@gmail.com

DUMMERSTON

Dummerston Congregational Church

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In efforts to keep people safe and healthy during the coronavirus pandemic, services at the Dummerston Congregational Church will continue to be held online. This week, the church is participating in a union service with three other UCC congregations hosted by the Guilford Community Church. The service can be accessed on BCTV Channel 8 on Sunday at 8 a.m. or Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. You can watch the service through the Guilford Community Church web page: guilfordchurch,org and click on the link for the service at the top of that page. You can also watch on Youtube on the Guilford Church page. To be included in announcements for the Dummerston Congregational Church, or to receive weekly e-devotions from the Rev. Shawn Bracebridge, call the church office at 802-257-0544. The church building is open for individual prayer and community use by small groups at your discretion. The church membership will continue to ring the bell at 7 p.m. each evening in recognition of all the essential workers that serve us, in prayer for all those who struggle during this time, and as a reminder that the church is alive and serving in the community.

EAST DOVER

East Dover Baptist Church

All services and activities at East Dover Baptist Church, 34 Dover Hill Rd., are suspended until further notice. For more information call 802-348-6366 or visit the website, eastdoverbaptistchurch.org

GUILFORD

Community Church

Centre Congregational Church, and the First Congreagtional Churches of Dummerston and West Brattleboro will join Guilford Community Church for the first of the 2020 United Church of Christ Unions services at 10 a.m. Sunday in celebration of the Festival of Pentecost. The link to the online service will be streamed at 10 a.m. from the guilfordchurch.org homepage. It will also run on BCTV channel 8 at 8 a.m. Sunday and next Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. and is available on the BCTV webpage. Singers from all four churches will join in two vitual choir pieces: "Welcome Holy Spirit" by Mark Condon and "Spirit of God" by J.S, Bach, created for the day by Peter Amidon. Other hymns represent different musical traditions and members of the different churches. The Rev. Shawn Bracebridge will read an excerpt from "Velvet Elvis" by Rob Bell and the Rev. Scott Couper will read the Pentecost Scripture found in Acts 2:1-20. The Rev. Lise Sparrow will offer a children's story and sermon reflecting on the meaning of the Pentecost and the Rev. Audrey Walker will offer a prayer including essential workers and those suffering during this time of pandemic. The offertory will include a video made by the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Youth Group in support of the Cheyenne River Children's Village they have been supporting the past six years. For more information and the program, go to the Guilford Community Church website. If you experience technical difficulties or want to understand better how to find the service online call Fred Breunig at 802-254-9019.

GRAFTON

Grafton Community Church

Grafton Community Church, 55 Main St., is currently offering virtual worship services via Zoom. For more information, visit the church website at graftoncommunitychurch.org or on Facebook (The Grafton Church). The church is affiliated with both the ABC and UCC churches.

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NEWFANE

First Congregational Church

Worship at the First Congregational Church of Newfane has been suspended in response to the need for social distancing in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Sunday morning's service will be recorded and available on Newfane Congregational Church's website at https://newfanechurch.com/ by 10 a.m. Click on Ministry, and Audio Links, to listen. Special thanks to Jim Kyle for recording the service.

This Sunday, the Rev. Rob Hamm's meditation is titled "Tongues of Fire" and the scripture readings are from Acts 2:1-21 and 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13. Hymns for the service are "Spirit, Working in Creation," "Come, Holy Spirit" and "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling." These will be led by Miriam Allbee and its is hoped that those listening will join in singing. Music Director Mike Kelly will play the prelude "Dans les ruines d'une abbaye" by Gabriel Faure and the postlude "Marvelous Light" by Charlie Hall. Missions for the month of June are Newbrook Fire Department and the Townshend Food Shelf. The church continues to collect donations of canned goods and non-perishable foods for the Townshend Food Shelf; the donations can be left in the basket in the entryway of the church.

No events, meetings or rehearsals are scheduled for the upcoming week. For more information or to leave messages, call the church office at 802-365-4079. Church office hours are Monday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. Visit the church website at newfanechurch.com or check out the Facebook page.

PUTNEY

Putney Friends Meeting

The Putney Friends Meeting (Quaker) community has decided to utilize technology in order to gather for worship. The meetinghouse will be closed, but unprogrammed worship will be hosted online at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. To join in using the Zoom platform, email Roger Jasaitis at clerk@putneyfriendsmeeting.org. For more information, visit putneyfriendsmeeting.org.

TOWNSHEND

Townshend Church

The Townshend Church at 46 Common Road will host a Welcome Spring worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday on the Common. Pastor Don Hashem will lead the service. Carmen Hshem on the keyboard. Remember mask, gloves, chair or stand or sit in your car. Keep a cow's length apart.

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WALPOLE, N.H.

Walpole Unitarian Church

Walpole Unitarian Church is holding Sunday worship via Zoom online. A link will be posted on the church website http://walpoleunitarianchurch.org on Saturday before the service. For the duration, join in on a Sunday morning between 9:45 and 9:55 a.m. to get settled. Service begins at 10 a.m.

WEST BRATTLEBORO

All Souls Church

Join in this Sunday for an All Souls Church virtual worship service. Sign in a bit before 10 a.m. at ascvt.org.

"The soul is healed by being with children." ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Whose soul couldn't use some healing these days? Join in at a service that is for and about children. Enjoy music and stories that remind us of the gifts and responsibilities that the youngest members of the All Souls' family bring.

All Souls Church is located at 29 South St.

First Congregational Church

This Sunday starts the Union summer schedule for the last Sunday of each month. At the May 31 worship, the Guilford Church will present the Union service. For the link go to Guilfordchurch.org. The service is live streamed at 10 a.m.

Local missions: Donations for the local foodshelf may be dropped off Thursday and Friday morning. Free Veggies from Vermont Food Bank are distributed the first Monday of each month at Brattleboro Area Middle School. This month the special mission is Strengthen our Church. To receive the monthly newsletter, "The Parish Visitor" or weekly bulletin, send your email address or call the office.

Contact the church at fccwb1770@gmail.com or 802-254-9767. The office is open Thursday and Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. and by appointment. If you need assistance, call and leave your name and phone number. Pastor hours are by appointment.

Quaker

The West Brattleboro Quaker Worship Group is meeting via Zoom for unprogrammed worship Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. To receive Zoom sign-in information email prior to Sunday at WestBrattQuakers@gmail.com

WEST CHESTERFIELD, N.H.

First Universalist Church

The First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield at 10 Main St. is closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus pandemic. There will be no services during the month of May.

WESTMINSTER

First Congregational Church

All activities at the First Congregational Church of Westminster are canceled until further notice. Visit the Facebook page for a link to the current sermons.


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